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Financial Security Advisory Lead

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About Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (Crédit Agricole CIB)

Crédit Agricole CIB is the corporate and investment banking arm of Crédit Agricole Group, the 10th largest banking group worldwide in terms of balance sheet size (The Banker, July 2022).
8,600 employees in more than 30 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East and North Africa, support the Bank's clients, meeting their financial needs throughout the world.
Crédit Agricole CIB offers its large corporate and institutional clients a range of products and services in capital market activities, investment banking, structured finance, commercial banking and international trade.
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Job description

Business type

Types of Jobs - Compliance / Financial Security

Job title

Financial Security Advisory Lead

Contract type

Permanent Contract

Management position


Job summary

Department Summary:
Financial Crime is commonly referred to as Financial Security at Credit Agricole. In London the department is split into 3 teams: (i)
FS Central (FS Advisory and Governance) (ii) Fraud Prevention & Special Investigations and (iii) Quality Assurance. This vacancy
sits within the Central FS team. FS provides CA-CIB London Branch and Crédit Agricole SA (CASA) London Branch with controls
and procedures in order for the bank to comply with the internal FS (financial crimes and sanctions) policies & procedures, local
regulatory obligations and the bank’s objective of reducing financial crime within the financial sector.


Key Responsibilities of the Department:

  • Oversight of the branch financial crime program through multiple workflows and internal processes;
  • Ensuring that CA-CIB is fully compliant with the provisions of all relevant legislation;
  • Acting as the UK primary point of contact and subject matter experts (SME) for the businesses and Group with regards to
    financial crime matters;
  • Ensuring Senior Management is kept informed of updates and the general financial crime risk framework of the branch.

Key Role Responsibilities:

  • This is a managerial position in which the incumbent will be required to manage members of the team while also leading and taking part in various advisory workflows. This is a hands-on role which requires substantial contribution in the day-to-day activities and decisions of the team.
  • Team Management – manage task allocation across advisory workflows, ensure adequate team coverage across
    relevant workflow/s; conduct hiring, appraisals & objectives for direct reports; oversee HR-related issues and general
    management responsibilities for direct reports;
  • Opinion Workflow Management – monitor advisory workflows; provide regular and ad hoc management information and analysis on trends, challenges and achievements; contribute to and/or deliver management information to senior management and London committees; escalate to Senior Management where required;
  • Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) Advisory – provide opinions and assessments, from a financial crime perspective, on higher risk clients, credit requests, transactions and financial crime/sanctions alerts. This includes management of live payments;
  • Risk Assessments – Lead, complete and/or contribute to the annual enterprise-wide risk assessments. Lead on any
    actions stemming from the assessment where required;
  • Committees - Present to and/or participate to London committees such as the Credit Committee and Financial Security Committee
  • Audits – Lead and/or assist in the preparation for and response to internal and external audits. Participate in audit interviews and implementation of post-audit action points. This may include translating lessons learned into procedures and issuing communication to relevant stakeholders;


Position location

Geographical area

Europe, United Kingdom



Candidate criteria

Minimal education level

Bachelor Degree / BSc Degree or equivalent

Academic qualification / Speciality

  • University Degree or equivalent
  • Money laundering, Financial Crime or Sanctions qualification (ACAMS, CGSS, ICA Advanced/Diploma certificates) 

Legal and Regulatory Responsibilities

  • Comply with all applicable legal, regulatory and internal compliance requirements, including, but not limited to, the London Compliance manual and the Financial Crime Policy.
  • Maintain appropriate knowledge to ensure to be fully qualified to undertake the role. Complete all mandatory training as
    required to


  • Practical experience working within a financial crime function for a corporate/investment bank;
  • Practical 2LoD experience in advising on Financial Crime matters on corporate/investment banking clients and products (international trade including trade finance, corporate financing, transaction banking, capital markets);
  • Experience in assessing and opining on complex financial crime incl. sanctions matters/transactions, including the necessity to escalate, when appropriate;
  • Experience in working effectively with
    multiple key stakeholders to tight deadlines
  • Experience managing staff (also in an informal setting).
  • Experience working with money laundering / payments filtering /customer screening software;
  • Produced and delivered financial crime
    training to various stakeholders;

Required skills

Strong analytical skills with excellent attention to detail;

  • Strong decision making skills, including the ability to draw conclusions on complex matters and recognise the need for escalation, when appropriate;
  • Resilience and ability to work under pressure;
  • Flexibility and adaptability to change;
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision and act on own initiative to identify tasks to be undertaken and risks to be managed;
  • Ability to share responsibilities, skills and experience with other team members; great team player;
  • Clear and concise verbal and written
  • Detailed knowledge and application of UK Money Laundering Regulations, JMLSG and FCA guidance;
  • Good working knowledge of UK, EU, US Sanctions regimes
  • Good understanding of investment banking products/services, including trade finance, international trade, finance and capital markets products;


English (required), French, Russian, Arabic (advantageous)